In an era when most people listen to music digitally, we have fewer opportunities to experience the excitement of unfolding the full poster pull-outs the CD age was so good for. As Lil Yachty put it on Chance The Rapper’s song ‘Mixtape’: “Am I the only one who really care about cover art?” We don’t think so. The best album covers of 2020 prove that artwork is still a pivotal part of the listening experience. With the ongoing resurgence of vinyl, they can also get the space they deserve on glorious 12” x 12” record sleeves.
Iconic album covers
Have you ever bought an album solely because of its artwork? It’s rarely a disappointment to listen to a record after being mesmerised by its cover. Any risk involved in stepping out of your usual genre could be worth it from the appeal of the vivid imagery that has drawn you there in the first place.
Over the years, we have seen some iconic album covers, such as David Bowie’s, Aladdin Sane (1977), Nirvana’s Nevermind (1991) and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), to name a few. Covers like this signal the artist’s direction and thought process for the full album package. Nina Simone put it perfectly: “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” This is not only done by the music, but through the imagery that draws you in before you hear a single note.
As 2020 has progressed, more and more eye-catching album covers have shown how the art of creating great artwork continues to flourish, even in the digital age. Here are our picks of the best album covers of 2020. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, below